Tonight at 8 pm EST on ESPN, PBC is back with their monthly show on The Worldwide Leader, this time featuring junior middleweight contender Erislandy Lara (21-2-2, 12 KO) headlining against former welterweight titleholder Jan Zaveck (35-3, 19 KO).
Lara, 32, has won back-to-back fights in predictable fashion against Ishe Smith and Delvin Rodriguez, and will look to make it three straight against another opponent he's expected to beat handily. Zaveck, 39, is on his own win streak of three straight, but he's really not a junior middleweight and the last serious opponent he fought was Keith Thurman in 2013, a wide decision loss.
In the co-feature, unbeaten bantamweight prospect Emmanuel Rodriguez (13-0, 9 KO) will face Eliecer Aquino (17-1-1, 10 KO) in a 10-round bout. Aquino, 28, lost his last fight, but he was edged out in a majority decision against Adam Lopez, so it wasn't a bad loss. The Dominican figures to be a solid test for Rodriguez, a 23-year-old Puerto Rican fighter.
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ROUND BY ROUND
ERISLANDY LARA vs JAN ZAVECK
Round 1: Thanks to the rain delay, this fight is up first on the TV, and it'll be the only thing I watch because of the delay. It's Thanksgiving Eve, I have to sleep tonight, and there's more bad weather headed the way of this fight, and there's not even a guarantee this fight gets done. Zaveck looks interested in making this a fight, showing some aggression, and that allows Lara's counter-punching ability to shine. Straight left hurts Zaveck. Lara going at him a bit, but not with a huge surge. Slows down after that, because Zaveck doesn't give Lara the openings anymore. Lara 10-9
Round 2: Lara picking and pecking away, Zaveck slips on the canvas. Lara stings Zaveck on a counter left again late in the round. He's in total control. There's another hard left that lands clean just before the bell, and Zaveck was again hurt. Lara 10-9, 20-18
Round 3: Zaveck hurt again early in the round, and he's going to quit with what appears to be a shoulder injury, after getting smashed. Well. That was...premier. Lara TKO-3